Peterson Perspectives: Interviews on Current IssuesAuthor: Peterson Institute for International Economics
18 Feb 2018

Peterson Perspectives: Interviews on Current Issues

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Audio recordings of Peterson Perspectives interviews with Peterson Institute for International Economics research staff, analyzing current economic and political events.

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    Trade Talks Episode 23: Did Protectionism Make America Great?

    PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown and Soumaya Keynes of The Economist talk with PIIE Senior Fellow Douglas Irwin about his recent book "Clashing over Commerce: A History of US Trade Policy" and the role that protectionism played in the US economy during its industrial development of the 19th century. They examine Henry Clay’s proposal for an "American system," the Jeffersonian trade embargo of 1807–09, as well as the theoretical arguments for—and the practical arguments against—the benefits of "infant industry" protection. They also discuss why new tariff protection today would be unlikely to help President Trump make America great.

  • Posted on 15 Feb 2018

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    Should the United States Sanction Venezuelan Oil?

    Monica de Bolle argues that sanctioning Venezuela’s oil company PDVSA will worsen the country's humanitarian crisis but will likely not change President Nicolas Maduro's behavior.

  • Posted on 12 Feb 2018

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    Coalition Agreement Is Germany’s and Europe’s Best Bet

    Jeromin Zettelmeyer and Jacob Funk Kirkegaard are optimistic that a government coalition of Merkel's Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats would successfully work with French President Emmanuel Macron to implement necessary euro area reforms.

  • Posted on 09 Feb 2018

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    Trade Talks Episode 22: The Other UK Trade Deals—Brexit and Rolling Over the EU's FTAs

    PIIE Senior Fellow Chad P. Bown and Soumaya Keynes of The Economist discuss the challenges facing the UK government as it seeks negotiations separate from the Brexit talks to maintain existing market access through the European Union's free trade agreements with more than 60 countries. Roughly 15 percent of UK goods trade is with such countries, which include South Korea, Canada, and Mexico. They speak with University of Sussex Professor Michael Gasiorek about complications preventing the simple “roll over” of those existing trade deals, including new challenges posed by rules of origin requirements, non-discriminatory treatment, tariff-rate quotas, and mutual recognition of standards.

  • Posted on 08 Feb 2018

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    Fixing China's Financial Credit System

    Hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens still use costly informal credit where they lack access to a formal financial system. Martin Chorzempa says that Chinese officials should work with private companies to improve the rules around sharing while protecting consumer data that will provide fair priced loans to Chinese people.

  • Posted on 05 Feb 2018

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